• Thuringia, treetop walk in Hainich National Park
    Thuringia, treetop walk in Hainich National Park ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Weise, Andreas)
  • Thuringia, interior Bach's House in Eisenach
    Thuringia, interior Bach's House in Eisenach ©Bachhaus Eisenach GmbH (Nestler, André)
  • Thuringia, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus in Erfurt
    Thuringia, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus in Erfurt ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Babovic, Toma)
  • Thuringia, pub quarter in Jena
    Thuringia, pub quarter in Jena ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Negwer, Joachim)
  • Thuringia, mountain biking in Thuringian Forest
    Thuringia, mountain biking in Thuringian Forest ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Schneider, Lars)
  • Thuringia, dance & folk festival in Rudolstadt
    Thuringia, dance & folk festival in Rudolstadt ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Weise, Andreas)
  • Thuringia, salt cave in Bad Liebenstein
    Thuringia, salt cave in Bad Liebenstein ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Kreusel, Ralph)
  • Thuringia, 'Blauer Saal' hall in Sondershausen Palace
    Thuringia, 'Blauer Saal' hall in Sondershausen Palace ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Wehking, Roland)
  • Thuringia, Goethe and Schiller statue in Weimar
    Thuringia, Goethe and Schiller statue in Weimar ©Weimar GmbH (Schuck, Maik)
  • Thuringia, bust in Liszt's House in Weimar
    Thuringia, bust in Liszt's House in Weimar ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Wehking, Roland)

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Thuringia: A holiday region with timeless appeal

A wide variety of landscapes, a remarkable number of castles and palaces, extraordinary architectural and cultural diversity and a great range of leisure activities – that is the holiday region of Thuringia. Goethe summed up Thuringia's merits in his inimitable style: "Where else in Germany can you find so many wonderful things in such close proximity?"

Erfurt, Weimar, and other towns in Thuringia offer visitors an engaging mix of history and tradition, culture and leisure activities, the classical and the modern. In Weimar, the 1999 European City of Culture, there's hardly anywhere that doesn't in some way reflect the town's rich heritage. For many years, visitors from around the world have flocked to the statue of Goethe and Schiller in front of the German National Theatre and to a total of 27 museums. The UNESCO World Heritage site 'Classical Weimar' comprises 16 individual buildings. But towns such as Erfurt, Jena, Eisenach, Altenburg, Meiningen and Gotha also offer plenty of cultural highlights. Erfurt is blessed with a wealth of attractions, including St. Mary's Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus on Domplatz square, the Merchants' Bridge (the longest surviving bridge in Europe that is lined with buildings) and the long-established ega horticultural exhibition. Art and culture in Thuringia is closely linked to the work of important representatives of Germany's cultural and intellectual tradition. Museums, theatres, exhibitions and concert halls display the legacies of the writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller, the composer Johann Sebastian Bach and the painters Lucas Cranach and Otto Dix.

Thuringia's best known castle and the most famous landmark of the town of Eisenach is Wartburg Castle, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Besides the famous Wartburg Castle, Friedenstein Palace in Gotha and the Dornburg palaces there are also a large number of other romantic palaces and medieval castles.

Thuringia is Germany's favourite walking region, with the Rennsteig as its most popular trail. Some 16,000 kilometres of well-marked walks, including 13 premium trails, and around 70 approved accommodation providers across Thuringia's walking regions are sure to delight any hiker.

But there is also plenty on offer for cyclists, Nordic walkers, geocachers, mountain bikers and watersports enthusiasts. Furthermore, Thuringia is a centre of winter sports that attracts many top athletes. Clear winter air, snow-covered forests and hills, trails and prepared tracks for cross-country skiing, and downhill slopes – a veritable paradise for winter sports fans.

After an exciting day in the Thuringian towns and a walk in Hainich National Park it's time to focus on beauty, fitness and well-being. The holiday region of Thuringia offers 19 spas and health resorts – everything you need for the perfect wellness break. A wide variety of high-quality natural remedies such as saltwater and sulphur springs, peat spas and minerals, along with a beneficial climate, have transformed Thuringia into an outstanding spa region. Modern rehabilitation clinics, thermal baths, leisure pools, wellness packages, parks, walking and cycling trails, outdoor concerts and much more – Thuringian spas and health resorts are all set to welcome visitors in search of rest and relaxation. In addition to classic spa treatments a wide range of wellness programmes is also available.

© Thüringer Tourismus GmbH

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